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June 29, 2009

Reflections #02

Filed under: Clubbing & Gigs,Music — decoded_ @ 4:45 pm

Hello, here’s my next ‘reflections’ post, with thoughts and comments about my club/music nights out in Sydney this year. I was considering doing them in sequence, but let’s bounce around in time instead, here’s what I got up to last Saturday, going out to two clubs/events.

H.O.S.H. @ The Club Club - Chinese Laundry : 27.06.2009

H.O.S.H. @ The Club Club – Chinese Laundry : 27.06.2009

It’s nice to see the guys from the Diynamic Music label in Hamburg Germany finally getting out here to play in Australia. I wish it had been a year earlier though. Stimming played here a few months ago, and coming up in August we have IsolĂ©e and Solomun. This past Saturday we were treated to H.O.S.H. playing for us.

I’ve bought a lot of these guys’ tracks, remixes, and releases over the last couple of years, a lot on the Diynamic Music label. ‘White Elephant’ by H.O.S.H. on Kindisch, is still one of my favourite tracks of the last few years.

There was quite a queue/wait to get into Chinese Laundry when we arrived at 11.30pm, but we made it inside just before H.O.S.H. started up in the cave around midnight, it was very full/busy, but not as rammed as it’s been on some nights there, so not too bad, room to groove.

H.O.S.H. was ok, mixing was decent enough, he played some nice tracks, working his way from the deeper side of tech-house, with some tribal flavours, through to more beat based minimal/tech-house/techno sounds. He mixed up many recent releases with tracks from a year or more ago, and a couple of oldies.

I knew (and have bought myself) the majority of the tracks he played though, so no unknown gems to thirst for unfortunately. I was also disappointed he didn’t play more of his own deeper, lovely melodic productions, and more from the Diynamic label, maybe there were some new forthcoming releases played, some of the tracks I didn’t know.

He got great crowd response, more so for the tougher sounds in the later part of his set. Dance floor remained busy. I’m glad I got to see him play, it was good, but not one of those nights I’ll remember for anything special really.

Here’s what I spotted in his 2 hour set… – Work That Body
Tom Clark & Daniel Dreier – 13 Cookies
Masomenos – Les Trois Petits Cochons
Julian Chaptal – Mamdaye
Butch & Virginia – From Above
Argy – Love Dose (Luciano Remix)
Shlomi Aber – Tokyo Shanghai
Marco Carola – Long Jump
Robert Dietz – Kanban
Guido Schneider & Andre Galluzzi – Albertino
Zombie Disco Squad – The Dance
Cristian Vogel – Xpute The Woop Woop
DBX – ?
The Sunburst Band – Journey To The Sun (Dennis Ferrer Dub)
Anthony Collins – I Wanna Give (Dubvox)

It’s been a while since I’ve been to the Chinese Laundry. The last time was for Deetron in October last year. There really hasn’t been any internationals playing there since, that I’ve been interested enough in seeing. Not that it really bothers me, I’m not much of a fan of being squashed amongst the type of young, over-excited crowd that venue attracts. I get the feeling it’s the first night-club a lot of these kids ever get out to.

Check out some H.O.S.H. productions…

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Check out the sounds on the Diynamic Music label…

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Mike Shannon @ Deep As Fu*k - The Bunker : 27.06.2009

Mike Shannon @ Deep As Fu*k – The Bunker : 27.06.2009

Leaving Chinese Laundry around 1.50am, I headed up to Kings Cross to the Bunker for a Deep As Fu*k night featuring guest Canadian minimal, techno/house DJ/producer Mike Shannon who was playing 2am till close.

As I expected may be the case, there were not very many people there, lack of hype and him being known by very few, plus so much else on the same w/end; Louie Vega, Dimitri From Paris, Kode 9, H.O.S.H. etc, all being the reasons why I would guess. There were maybe 50 people there at most, which isn’t too bad in the bunker because it’s a very intimate small space.

I really liked what Mike Shannon was mixing up, a nice variety of fresh/different minimal, techno/house sounds, some of it sounding quite funky. Mixing was tight. I think he was using both vinyl and CDs. He kept up a good paced flow of interesting music for the most part. I had a good boogie. For a while there he had everyone in the room dancing and cheering him on, but then there were quite a few sections later on, where he cleared the dance floor, from 3.30am onwards the place started to empty out, I left an hour later.

I didn’t know much of what he played. I remember hearing that new Santos – Hold Home track, and I’m sure there was some Lee Curtiss and Mark Henning stuff played, maybe some stuff from the Dial, and Frankie Records labels too, and no doubt his own productions and releases and artists from his Cynosure label.

I was keen to find out what a couple of killer tracks were during his set, so I asked him for a couple of track IDs, between mixes of course. He reluctantly gave me one ID, a remix he did of a Kenny Glasgow track (‘System Overload’ I later found out), but on asking for another ID much later on, this is where my positive vibes for him took a bit of a dive.

I thought the days of that old-school Detroit techno attitude of guarding your music, were long gone, I guess not. He could of just told me he doesn’t really like giving out IDs and I would have respected that, but to be honest he acted like a bit of dick, DJ ego huh.

Thanks to the D.A.F crew for having him play.

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